Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the exchange program?

Students registered in the Asper School of Business with a minimum degree GPA of 3.0 at the time of application are eligible to apply for the Asper Exchange Program. Direct entry students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at the time of application and must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of courses prior to their exchange departure. Applications are assessed on the basis of GPA, professionalism, and the ability to appropriately represent the Asper School of Business while studying abroad.

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Can international students apply for the exchange program?

Yes, international students registered in the Asper School of Business are eligible to apply. However, students in the 2+2 program are allowed to participate for one term during their last year at U of M. Students should refer to the residency requirement for further information. International students will pay U of M tuition fees and will need to pay the standard international tuition fee differential for all courses taken overseas.

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What courses will I take while on exchange?

Students have a number of options when researching the courses taught at our exchange partners. All exchange students meet individually with the Exchange Coordinator prior to departure to create a customized learning plan and study contract to ensure that all courses apply to the student's degree. Students can see courses taken by former exchange participants under Former exchange students' midterm reports. Please contact the Exchange Coordinator for login information.

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How much will it cost?

Costs associated with your exchange will vary depending on the school and country of choice. Some expenses to consider when preparing your budget are:

  • Tuition fees: all tuition fees are paid to the University of Manitoba with the same fee deadlines. For example, if a student goes abroad for one term and takes four courses, he/she will pay the equivalent of four business courses at the U of M.
  • Accommodations and food: varies depending on the type of accommodations you choose (ie. on campus, off campus, homestay etc)
  • Transportation to and from your host university.
  • Health insurance: some partner schools may require all exchange students to purchase their health insurance. However, please review the details carefully as they may only have basic coverage through their plan. Please ensure that you have sufficient coverage for travel, dental etc.
  • Student fees: some universities have additional student fees that you will be responsible for.
  • Student visa: requirements vary for every country. You may need to apply for visa or some type of residence/study permit for a fee. In some cases, you may need to apply in person at your destination country's embassy or consulate, which may be out of province.
  • Travel costs: many students opt to travel before/after their term or on weekends. Costs vary considerably depending on duration, location, style of travel, etc.
  • Please complete this budget worksheet to estimate costs you may incur while studying abroad. For more information on costs and to access the reports from students who have previously studied at our exchange destinations, email asper.exchange@umanitoba.ca.
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Will the courses transfer back towards my business degree program?

All courses approved by the Asper Exchange Coordinator will transfer back towards your Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Degree Program. Please arrange to meet with the Asper Exchange Coordinator to review your program sheet.

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How many courses do I need to take?

Generally, students are required to take 12 credit hours per term in order to meet the requirements of the exchange program; the University of Leeds requires exchange students to take the equivalent of 15 credit hours. Due to the difference in academic systems between Asia, Europe, North America and South America, students may need to take more courses and/or combine courses to satisfy the 12 credit hour requirement. 

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Do I have to major in International Business?

No, students with any major are eligible for the exchange program. In fact, the exchange is an excellent opportunity to explore the international aspects of your major whether it's the study of finance in Korea or the efficiency of logistics in Asian companies.

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What are the required courses for an International Business Major?

Students who choose to major in International Business can typically complete their major while on exchange. The following courses are required to complete an International Business major in Asper:

Students who wish to fulfill the International Business major during their exchange may take courses in areas that fulfill the following requirements:

  • Equivalent of 3 credit hours - International Business or International Management
  • Equivalent of 3 credit hours - International Marketing or International Finance
  • Equivalent of 3 credit hours - Any topic course with an international theme or a language course
  • Equivalent of 3 credit hours - Any topic course with an international theme or a language course

Read more on the Academic Requirements page ►

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Is there an orientation for outgoing exchange students?

Each year students must attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation session to help plan for their exchange. The dates of the session will be arranged each year.

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How do I apply?

  • Deadlines for application are January 31 (Round 1; best chance at securing your school of choice) and July 15 (Round 2) annually.
  • Arrange a meeting with the Asper Exchange Coordinator to discuss aspects of the exchange and how they will contribute and affect your degree program.
  • Submit a completed application form along with three reference letters, a statement of purpose, a recent passport size photo and a non-refundable application fee of $150. Please read the application details document for further information.
  • Pass the interview process.
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